Consumer Reports warns against using gas credit cards to save money at the pump

Gasoline prices are skyrocketing these days and drivers are increasingly desperate to find ways to reduce fuel costs. This has led some consumers to consider subscribing to a gas credit card or two. However, consumer reports advises against this tactic and says there are better ways to save gas.

Consumer Reports recommends against using gas credit cards

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With gas prices topping $4 a gallon, it’s no surprise consumers are exploring all sorts of ways to save money, including using gas credit cards. However, consumer reports reminded motorists that gas credit cards are not necessarily the best choice in terms of overall savings.

Indeed, gas credit cards usually offer a certain number of cents off per gallon of gas, often 5 or 10 cents, for example. As the price of gasoline increases, these savings will have less and less of an effect.

Instead, a better option is to turn to a general credit card that will give you a percentage reward. Cards that offer 5% off gas purchases, for example, will save you money, especially when gas prices are as high as they are right now.

Here are some apps that can help you save money on gas

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Gas credit cards aren’t the only way to save on fuel. There are also many apps that can help you reduce your fuel costs. Take Route4Me, for example. If you own a company with a team of drivers, Route4Me will suggest the most fuel-efficient routes for your team, saving you a lot of money in the long run. Not only is the app good for your company’s wallet, it’s also good for the environment. According to the company’s website, their services have reduced the distance traveled by 10 billion kilometers, which has reduced CO2 emissions by 10 billion tonnes since 2010.

Another practical application to reduce fuel costs is GasBuddy. This card is linked to rewards programs from companies such as Old Navy, Advance Auto Parts and Dicks Sporting Goods. Rewards are loaded onto your GasBuddy card, allowing you to save money on gas purchases with little hassle.

Another way to save money on gas is GetUpsidean app that lets you get cash back on your gas purchases at many gas stations, including BP, Shell, and Valero.

Beware of the Shell Fuel Rewards email scam

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Then there’s the Shell Fuel Rewards program, which saves users up to 5 cents per gallon on gas. However, Shell recently issued a warning to members of its rewards program asking them to beware of potential email scams.

Shell has told members of its Fuel Rewards program that they should be on the lookout for any email requesting payment or asking for personal information. Some scams have involved claims for sweepstakes winnings or shipping costs supposedly required for other prizes. Shell clarified that it does not currently run any such competitions and that members of the rewards program will never be required to submit credit card numbers or other sensitive data.

Shell reminded its Fuel Rewards members in its post to always check the domain name from which alleged Shell messages were sent. He also reminded readers not to click on suspicious links.

Anyone looking to save money on gas these days should make sure to be careful. Scammers hope to pounce on the desperate, so keep in mind: if it sounds too good to be true, chances are it is.

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